MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The status of Icky Banks became murky Saturday when the fifth-year senior cornerback was not dressed for West Virginia’s final preseason scrimmage.

Asked about the whereabouts of Banks, a 12-game starter last season, defensive coordinator Tony Gibson replied, “You’ll have to talk to Coach Holgorsen about that one.”

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West Virginia’s Icky Banks celebrates his interception return against Oklahoma State.

Dana Holgorsen was not available to the media Saturday, a day designated for interviews with assistant coaches.

Banks also was missing from practice Thursday, at least for the half-hour period to which the media had access. All seemed well as late as Tuesday afternoon when Banks told MetroNews about his enthusiasm for the upcoming season and his relationship with Daryl Worley, a budding star at the opposite corner.

“Daryl’s going to be a great player. I see that and I know the coaches see that,” Banks said. “They’re getting him set up for the future. I’m just trying to win. I’m just doing my part.”

Cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell also deferred to the head coach regarding Banks, who made two interceptions in 2013, one of which he returned 58 yards for a touchdown in a 30-21 upset of Oklahoma State. He continued running with the starters throughout spring practice and the first week of camp.

In Banks’ absence Saturday, junior Terrell Chestnut spent a second consecutive practice working with the first unit, with senior Travis Bell pushing for playing time.

In discussing depth at the left cornerback spot, Mitchell omitted Banks completely and instead named junior Ricky Rumph and sophomores Nana Kyeremeh and Brandon Napoleon as players capable of cracking the rotation.

“It’s a collective,” Mitchell said. “We’re going to have to do it by committee. We’re not going to just have one guy playing 90 plays a game—we didn’t do that last year. I’m looking forward to getting those three guys in the rotation, and if we can add a fourth or a fifth, we can do that as well.”

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  • any major dude

    I think that was last year, wasn't it, don?

  • don

    When I hear Banks name all I remember is the Oklahoma receiver taking him to school in last years loss. Remember the game winning pass to a very wide open receiver who totally outclassed Banks?

  • TruthTeller

    Why not wait until you know for sure instead of acting like a bunch of Nancy Drews? You people really need to get a life.


    just maybe he was one of the guys needed some rest.... and his back up needed some work....just maybe this is what is called for so WVU can go 13-0??????

    most like not the case but until we know....


  • Jay

    Unless he's dealing with a major crime, Holgorsen had better get Banks back on the field. He's vital to that defense.

  • AJ

    seems similar to what happened last year with Pat Miller.

    • Hop'sHip

      Are you sure you are not referring to Brodrick Jenkins?

  • Ducks In A Row

    Strange, indeed. Fifth year senior, and if you are told you can't cut the mustard, I'd probably leave too. I'd want to play my last year of eligibility. Stands to reason, not that this is the actual sit-rep.

  • Tomgone12

    Doesnt sound good Allan

    • Allan Taylor

      For what it's worth, Banks remains on the roster and in the WVU online directory.